3/29/20

Good morning!

Text:  Isaiah 52-56; Proverbs 13

These chapters of Isaiah are rich in prophecy about Jesus (Isaiah was written around 700 B.C.).  We read parts of this every communion Sunday.  One part of this text that speaks volumes is in 53:12:
…he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors
Two scenes from Jesus’ life come to my mind.  The first is when He presents Himself to be Baptized by John the Baptist.  John’s baptism was a rite for the remission of sins – and Jesus has none.  Yet, Jesus insisted that John baptize Him.  He was identifying Himself – the Lord of Glory who has no sin – with sinners like you and me.  Just like Isaiah says, Jesus “was numbered with the transgressors.”  The second scene is when He is crucified between two criminals. They are guilty of capital crimes and are being executed.  Jesus is pure and innocent, yet He has humbled Himself to their position.  Again, “he was numbered with the transgressors.”
It is profound and amazing that Jesus, the Son of the Living God, left His throne in heaven and not only became human, but allowed Himself to be counted as among the sinners.  Of course, He went way beyond that when He actually took our sins upon Himself and “poured out his soul to death” that we might be saved.   What love!  Love for you and love for me.  One of the criminals alongside Jesus on the cross turned to the Lord in faith, was forgiven and taken to “paradise.”    Now, what about us this day?  What about those “transgressors” around us, among whom we are numbered.  We need Jesus.  They need Jesus.
in Him,  Mike